The Brooks Digital Experience team is looking for willing testers to help us create a better online experience for our customers. We're setting up a beta testers group within The Run community and we would love your help!
Being a part of this group will allow you to participate in user studies that involve all the things Brooks does digitally. We'll post surveys and quick tests for you to participate in, and in return, you will have the opportunity for discounts and contest entries.
Respond to this post if you'd like to participate. We'll be limiting the number of people initially but will open it up to more people as we expand the program.
Once you've been accepted as a tester, you'll be able to see a "BETA Test Area" topic added to the community sidebar. This is the exclusive area within the community for our testers, where we will be posting tests and you can ask questions as needed.
Brooks Digital Experience Team
Hi fellow runners, I love Brooks 'Beast' shoes as they provide the best arch support for my feet. I wouldn't mind pre-ordering them ahead of the next season's release. I am working on an online course project related to this topic and have a small anonymous survey which should take less than a minute to fill out. Could you please help me by taking this survey? https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HZJNHKY Thanks in advance.
When I look across my body I see lots of scars. They tell the story of where I’ve been and what I’ve learned. Some have been with me nearly my entire life, while others have been added more recently. They represent lessons, such as: Don’t put off the long run - I think this when I see the scar on my midriff, which I got from landing on a rock after tripping while running in the dark on the Kachina Trail (way up high on a mountain), after starting a 21-miler at 3 PM. Forgive others - I think this when I see the ankle scar left by the young man at the nail salon, after the power tool he was using to smooth callouses slipped and nicked me. Let go of things you can’t control - I think this when I see the scar on my left knee, from splitting it open on jagged concrete after tripping on an uneven sidewalk while visiting Ann Arbor, requiring nine stitches. Trust that things will be okay - I think this when I see the scar across my glute, where a rod was inserted into (and later removed from) my femur after colliding with a semi-tractor trailer carrying a full load of lumber logs when I was 16. Things happen for a reason - I think this when I see the Frankenstein-like scar on my right knee, left by the surgical team after inserting (and later removing) two pins and wires into my shattered patella (not being mobile for a time gave me insight that's spilled over into nearly every area of my life). Don't be afraid to go for it - I think this when I see the scar below my left knee, gained after a large rock reached up and grabbed me while I was flying down Tomboy Road en route to winning my first Imogene Pass Run. These are just a few of my scars. I know they are nothing compared to what so many wear on their bodies. When I wish I looked more like those with flawless skin, my scars remind me that perfecting my character is within my reach. Life chapters that are difficult and cause us to lose our bearings, when we no longer recognize our surroundings or our lives as we knew them, are precisely when we learn to trust in the unknown. Injuries (and what's learned from them) are often a springboard for deepened experiences. As such, I try to welcome scars since they make me stronger, tougher, more balanced - each one ultimately making me a better person, in being more understanding or compassionate, more able to love aspects of life that are sometimes hard to love. My scars remind me that life can be difficult but that it is always beautiful. Imperfections such as these make the journey so rewarding. Scars represent the visible parts of us versus those parts of us that can't so easily be seen, such as the inner strength we all possess and character traits which make us wonderful (aspects that often become apparent on the run, when we are tested). Also, since they aren't superficial, integrity, perseverance, hope, joy and so many other attributes we carry can never be scarred. In this way, physical scars remind me that spirit transcends our physical limitations, taking us beyond what we think is possible. Our spirits are what make us beautiful, no matter our shapes, sizes, colors, speed, and skin qualities. Our bodies are miraculous regardless of their appearance, getting us where we want to go - like to the top of a mountain.
I've been both training and racing in Ravenna series shoes for several years, but I'm exploring the option of going with a slightly lighter shoe. I use the Racer ST (and now have a pair of Asterias) for speed work, but it doesn't provide enough cushion (for me) at long distances. Any recommendations for something in between for marathons? Pure Cadence perhaps? I'd prefer something with a little stability, enough cushion, and a little less weight. Thoughts?
Both of my knees are currently hurting. I can't walk/run up and down the stairs or else it will just start hurting. It hurts when I stand up, or even sit down too. In addition, I have thigh pain on my left thigh. The pain is all the way at the top of the thigh. When I touch it, it just hurts. Plus both of my knees are hurting. My knees don't hurt when I touch them, but it hurts, the inside of it. When I touch the thigh area that is hurting, that hurts a lot.
I am just healing from Planters Fasiatis in both feet. I still have some pain in my heels. I'm running in Brooks Ghost 9. I have seen a Podiatrist who hit me with steroids and inserts. Should I change shoes or is treatment the only cure.
Hi all, newbie here. I am training for my first marathon and up until now, I am averaging 15 or so miles per week. I run for recreation, up until now. Years ago, I had an issue with shin splints, but it was eliminated when I started running on the Pureflow series shoes. I've had no issues with them, really and love them. Recently, I noticed I started getting a pain in my right shin (on the front) just below the kneecap. I also noticed that my step in my right leg is underpronated. I dont' have these issues with my left leg. My foot lands "normally" I guess you'd call it and have no pain in my shin muscles. Is this just a matter of finding a better shoe for my landing style? Or is this something I should address at a clinical level with a physical therapist? If it's just a shoe choice, would it make any difference that my left and right feet are different from one another? Any advice and help is much appreciated! Thanks!